Some sobering facts: According to the WHO, iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional problem in the world. It is also the ONLY nutritional deficiency prevalent in the Western world. Latest figures from the Department of Health show that almost half of girls and 27% of UK women suffer from low iron levels – and that number could be even higher for physically active women. Many of us have no idea we are lacking this essential mineral. So how do you know if your iron levels are below par?
Ask yourself this. Do you suffer from:
Regular, ongoing tiredness
Inability to concentrate
Low blood pressure
All of the above are common warning signs of iron deficiency.
4 STEPS TO ULTIMATE IRON
1. Try and eat at least two iron-rich foods per day. Great natural sources of iron include:
Dark-green, leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale
Iron-fortified cereals and bread
Pulses and beans
Nuts and seeds
Red meat, fish and tofu
Dried fruit like dried apricots, prunes and raisins
2. Eat foods rich in Vitamin C which help your body absorb more iron. Try orange juice with breakfast or leafy greens with a steak.
3. Cut down on foods that can block iron absorption, such as caffeine, wine and milk. Why not swap every other coffee for a glass of water?
4. Add a daily iron supplement to ensure your body gets all the daily iron it needs. Blueiron is proven to reduce tiredness, enhance performance and boost immunity. And it tastes great!